Come Winter, when your skin inevitably loses it’s glow and your natural colour has all but faded from your face, a good blush can be your new best friend.
Whether it be a cream, a powder, or stick form, the perfect shade can bring Winter skin back to life, brighten dark circles and be the perfect fool-proof product to add to your makeup wardrobe.
The un-sung hero of makeup, blush is one of the biggest multi-taskers on the block. The right blush can warm up your complexion, create the illusion of cheekbones, and even make you look younger. That aside, choosing the right shade for your skin colour and under tone can be a little tricky.
To make it easy I have chosen 10 of my favourite colours and broken them up into fair, medium and dark skin types and given you a little insight into whether or not they look great on warm or cool skin tones.
If it’s going to be nude make it glow I say. NAS Highlighter Blush is perfect for blush virgins in the fairer skin types. Whether you’re a warm or cool skin tone this colour will add a subtle creamy hue of buttery colour that will make skin glow. Tip; Wear high on the apples of the cheeks to sculpt and lift cheeks.
YSL’s Creme De Blush in Velvet Peach is a light semi-sheer cream that transforms to the most delicious velvety powder as it blends across the cheekbone. Velvet Peach is light reflecting minus the sparkles illuminating cheekbones and Winter Skin in a subtle coral-peach colour. Perfect for cool or warm skin tones through light to medium skin colours. Tip; Blend over the top of bronzer on warm medium though olive skin tones for the Victoria’s Secret glow!
Anybody can put on peach blush and look fantastic, which is why you’ll see this shade as one of the most popular across multiple skin tones. On fair skin, peach is especially flattering if your complexion has yellow undertones. Tip; If you suffer from dark circles or feel you look tired, apply this radiant poppy peach high on the cheekbones to attract and reflect light into the eyes. Warm with your fingers to get a more lived in finish!
I love Nars’s ‘The Multiple in Orgasm’. It’s the perfect balance of rosy pink colour with a hint of gold making it also work as a highlighter for your cheekbones. I believe it can work on pretty much all skin tones, both warm and cool, which is why it has been one of the most popular blushes in the last few years, even when blush was not on trend.
Best suited for warmer toned skin types that sit in medium through to darker colourings. A delicate luminous mineral blush that glides effortlessly over any skin type (oily through to dry) for a long lasting romantic hue. Tip; Brush colour off the apples of the cheeks and down through the contours of the cheeks as a Winter alternative to bronzer!
Charlotte Tilbury’s pinky-peach blush gives a luminous colour to brighten, while the more neutral colour that surrounds the compact works beautifully to give the face depth and dimension with just the right amount of shimmer to make your cheekbones glimmer. Im yet to find a skin colour or tone this blusher doesn’t love!
If anyone can make this poppy pink shade work in a modern way it’s Tom Ford. I actually can’t get enough of this super soft blend able colour on fair skin types when I’m doing a statement eye -bright or dark- or lip – any shade other than orange! I don’t know what it is but it just brings everything together making the boldness of the eye or lip colour look right at home -like it actually belongs there. Tip; Concentrate the colour higher and further back on the cheekbone towards the temple rather than on the apples of the cheeks. Tom, you’ve done it again!
The perfect Winter bronzer substitute for warm toned skin that sits between the medium through to darker colourings. What sets this creamy chocolate goodness apart from the rest is it’s blending capabilities – it just melts onto the skin and can be worked into the skin using your fingers tips making the skin and the blush become one. Tip; I love to colour co-ordinate with this Mediterranean touch of sunshine and blend through the contours of the eyes to enhance shape and eye colour in a non makeup, makeup way!
My go-to colour for medium through to darker skin types when I want a skin kissed glow. Don’t be afraid of how punchy this colour looks in the palette as it is quite sheer and extremely glowy on the skin due to the gold luminescent particles that catch and reflect light off the face and into the eyes. Tip; Brush brush across the cheekbone and over the nose for cute golden goddess sun-kissed look.
Plum cheeks can make a bold lip look more at home or be the perfect statement feature for those that don’t like to wear a lot of makeup! Boho flirt is delicate satin finish blush that creates a defused hue of romantic colour on all skin colourings and undertones – just gauge the amount you apply to suit.